YAKIMA, Wash - Hundreds came out to Yakima's Franklin Park Monday night for the crime fighting program, National Night Out. This program put on by the Yakima Chamber of Commerce is sending the message that having your neighbors come together and watch over their block is the best way to keep it safe.
Local law enforcement mingled with the crowd while they enjoyed free games and food. This party is to kick off tomorrow's National Night Out, where neighborhoods around the country form a "block watch" to protect eachother against crime in their area.
"It's just extra eyes and ears out there that will help us do our job because we can't be everywhere," says Sgt. Linda Watts of the Yakima Police Department.
"You'll find in those communities where an established block watch is going on you will find your crime is much lower in the particular area," explained Ester Qehvuy, a member of the Citizens for Safe Yakima Valley Communities committee.
A spokesperson for the chamber of commerce says there are over 50 block watches in Yakima. Also tonight, Granger had a party to promote their block watches.